Preschool

Children are naturally eager to question, develop their own theories — even change a point of view.

Outdoor Education

Named for our first head of school, the David Heath Outdoor Education Center is a favorite campus location for preschool students and staff alike. The combination outdoor classroom, organic food and flower garden, weather center, native wildlife habitat, and compost center is also host for the school’s solar panels. The Outdoor Education Center (OEC) provides a wealth of opportunities for education and recreation: picking berries, planting seeds, harvesting, preparing food, painting, or dangling feet in the pond.

Our learning garden is a living lab where preschool students study the basic processes that sustain life. Year-round, teachers and students investigate the life cycle of plants, the process of natural decomposition, the water cycle, the effect of insects, bacteria, and weather on soil and the environment. The preschool music and art classes also make use of the garden to enrich their programs.


Through gardening, preschool students learn to become responsible caretakers. They have an opportunity to engage in agricultural practices on a small scale, learning about the impact of land cultivation. The learning garden has become the place where abstract ideas and problems can be brought to life and made relevant.

 

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